Not just doom and gloom
Jonathan BakkerJon Bakker is an Assistant Professor in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Washington. His teaching focuses on restoration ecology, the propagation of native plants, and applied multivariate statistics. His research focuses on the restoration and management of terrestrial ecosystems, particularly prairies, shrub steppe, and forests. He received his Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University in 2005.
I think about natural history in the context of restoration, given my perspective. Then one of the things that's rewarding to me is when I teach my introduction to restoration ecology course and I have students from all across the campus who come in and leave the course excited by the fact that they can actually make a positive difference. And that it's not just doom and gloom, and that there are opportunities for humans to interact with the rest of the environment around them in a positive way. Natural history is essential in terms of understanding that environment that they're interacting with. I think that's one of the most satisfying elements for me.